Riedwaan Ahmed

How do you sum up your role at VOC?

I present the program called Education Indaba and partly produce my own programme. I occasionally stand in for other presenters as the need arise and I am a proud volunteer at VOC.

What brought you to the VOC?

I was introduced to VOC by Irfaan Abrahams, my predecessor, as a guest to discuss educational updates and labour relations matters within the educational arena.

What do you love about presenting?

I love the interaction with various role-players, guests. I thoroughly enjoy the vary vast topical issues covered within education, and as presenter can share these with the listeners, I learn a lot as well and therefore benefit my personal growth. Also, I enjoy when listeners call in or sms with their questions and concerns, and I am able to assist in that regard alhamdulillah.

What were your best and most embarrassing on air moments?

I enjoy almost ALL discussions and interviews on the program, particularly with learners. Embarrassing moment would possibly be when I read a janazah notice of a close friend with whom I went for Haj, and did not even know about the janazah until having read the notice. (I cried).

What does the VOC mean to you?

VOC means a community radio station, where one can share, inform and get excellent advice on quite a number of issues. A platform for the Muslim and broader community to share, interact and most of all, be a part of.

What inspires you on air?

Education is an ever changing environment and it therefore creates its own inspiration which in turn inspires me to be part of it and sharing it with the educational fraternity and broader listenership of the VOC.

What do you like to do when you are not on the radio?

I enjoy watching English premier league soccer, work on my car (krap waar dit nie jeuk nie), spending time with my kids and family, and work preparing for new cases.

Most memorable interviews at VOC?

There has honestly been quite a few alhamdulillah, but the one where I particularly interviewed Aminah Harris, a cerebral palsy educator who faced enormous challenges within education and securing a permanent position. She is in fact now permanently employed by the WCED.

Tell something interesting about yourself?

I have passion for fast cars.

5 words that best describe you:

Pleasant, hard working. Motivated, intimidating (so my colleagues say), goal orientated.

I can’t get through the day without:

My cell phone…………….just kidding. Ibadah

Where can you be contacted?

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